Breaking the Silence

In November 2014, I met Paulie O’Byrne as part of a video interview series created for the Possible Campaign.  As Paulie started to tell his story of the sexual abuse that he has suffered at the age of 21, I was taken back on how he just owned it, and proclaimed that he wasn’t going to let it control his life anymore.  

After we wrapped his interview, I was overwhelmed with need to start a conversation with Paulie.  He inspired me to say something out loud that I’ve told very few people in my life. 

When I was a child, I was sexually abused over the span of 3 years by two different predators.  Both of these men enforced my silence with threats to my family if I spoke up.  Both of my parents had no clue that this was happening to me, because I was terrified to say a word.  My parents were living separately, and both of these instances took place without their knowledge by people who were friends, and invited into their homes.  

All of it would have stopped if I had just broken the silence that I was told I must keep.  This is where predators have all of the power… in the silence that they force their victims to take. 

For 30 years, I have kept my silence.

Today I hope to take some of the power back, and start to heal a part of my soul that has felt broken for so long.  For so many years I was ashamed of what happened to me, and kept it locked away in a very safe place.  It is something that I think about everyday, and on some days, I let it get the better of me.  

Starting a conversation about abuse, is the first step to healing.  Paulie’s strength and bravery has inspired me to tell my story.  

Happy Birthday, Clerks.

20 years ago, I worked for a local printing house. My job was to drive bingo plate dies, stamps and attache cases of printed stocks across the border from London, Ontario to Port Huron, Michigan.    The van that I drove was equipped with a Cassette/AM/FM radio in it, and the magical corridor of the Highway 402 between London & Sarnia was a radio dead-zone.  So, I would listen to cassettes in the van when I couldn't get reception.  Times would arrive when I would forget to bring music with me, so I would stop in a local record store in Port Huron.  One day I saw the soundtrack for a film called Clerks.  Reading the song titles, there was a song called "Chewbacca" on it.  I had never heard of the film, but there was a song on it named after a wookie, it was $6 so why not.  

Listening to it play, there were snippets of the film's dialogue spliced in between each song.  By the time I had heard the two characters having a conversation about Star Wars I was hooked.  Oh, and "Chewbacca" was nothing short of amazing on it's first listen.  

Patiently I had to wait for the movie to come onto VHS.  The day it was released I rented it from Blockbuster and proceeded to keep it for the next 4 weeks.  Watching the film and hearing people talk about the kind of conversations that I would have with my friends was something that really connected with me.  

I have since been a very huge fan of all of Kevin Smith's films, and I have have enjoyed his journey as an artist.  Today I wanted to say happy birthday to the film that connected me to one of favourite storytellers.

Transforming the Arts Project

Tasked with creating the support videos for “Behind the Curtain: How we Survive”, I knew that I wanted to do something with floating pictures of loved ones lost.

Shooting in natural light was important to me.  Located downtown, in London, Ontario, there exists a community art space known as “The Arts Project”. The third floor studio is a decent sized room, with old exposed brick walls, three floor ceiling windows and a whole bunch of character.  

Upon my visit to the Arts Project to book the studio, they informed me that we couldn’t suspend anything from the ceiling or attach anything to the walls.

This posed the problem, how do we suspend pictures above the subject and allow them to walk through them.  As this was a project funded by donation, budget was very tight.

After thinking about it, I thought that constructing a “Cage” of sorts from PVC pipe may be an option. It would be me the opportunity to create ‘lanes’ of suspended pictures where I could have Carly walk behind a few rows of pictures, each moving at different time on the frame. 

I had to figure out how this would look and if it was possible.  First step was creating a blueprint to figure out the design.  Creating a 1/10th mockup in Illustrator, I was able to figure out the measurements of each piece needed.

Since I was going to make this from PVC pipe, the challenge was finding connectors with the configurations that I needed.  After a trip to three of the local Big Box hardware stores, I found out quickly that stock ABS connectors only come in a few options, not enough to cover the what I needed. Enter FormuFit, a company out of the US specializing in furniture grade PVC connectors.  The added bonus, was that they provided the Sketchup models for all of their products. I chose PVC compared to making this from wood so I could easy dismantle this, if I needed to, and the entire cage also needed to fit in my car.

Turning to Google Sketchup, I was able to make a 3D model based on the actual measurements of the Arts Project, and shoot the set virtually to see if this was a viable option.  After a few hours of designing… in the virtual set, the PVC cage actually became a totally viable option, allowing me to suspend pictures from 7 feet from the ground.  I had my set.

nteractive 3D model of the arts project with PVC cage and photos

Pipe and fittings were ordered.  With my dad’s help, we cut the pipe and assembled the cage in their backyard to see if this thing would stand by itself.  A bit wobbly, but it worked perfectly.

Arriving on our first day at the arts project, and finally being able to assemble the cage in the actual space, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked out perfectly.  My measurements were a bit off, possibly due to the fact that I had to use pictures I took on my tour with a piece of paper in the corner for scale, and didn’t actually measure the room.

Problems faced with the construction of the set were the pictures.  The pictures would spin easily, or just fall down.  Granted we only used gaffer tape and fishing line to hold them up, but they needed to be able to be moved quickly and repositioned if needed as I was filming the music video, plus a series of interviews in the space.  Also, budget reared it’s ugly head as my original vision of filling the room with 300 pictures didn’t quite fit into our limited budget.

The music video for "I Remember You". 

In the end, being faced with the logistical challenges ended up being a lesson on overcoming physical restrictions and coming up with an alternate plan to complete my vision.  

Behind the Curtain: How We Survive

Two years ago, I was approached by two women, Nancy Hiron & Julie Varley to help tell their story on film. Their story was the loss of their children to suicide.  I was about 10th on the list of people that they had spoken to in a two year period trying to get their film made.

As a father of two, the thought of losing either of my children is an awful thought, I couldn’t pretend to imagine the grief.  

Their mandate for the film a bit challenging, they didn’t want to do a straight up documentary of talking heads. They wanted to be able to tell their story in an elegant way to honour the legacy of their children, and deliver a message for other survivors faced with grief. 

Iain Laird, met with them for the initial sessions and had the task of taking their stories and crafting the screenplay for us to use as a blueprint to tell their story.

The film’s budget was provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association through donations.  Their plan was to use the film to show other survivors of suicide to help deliver a positive message in time of need. With this in mind, we needed to cover points in the grieving process in the film as well.

To solve this, we broke the narrative of the film, from the first person to the third person and allowed both Julie and Nancy have a conversation on camera about the grieving process.  This also allowed them to talk about the differences between the loss of all three of their children.

In the end, we wrap the film with a positive message of hope.

The CMHA released the film in 2012 (Press: "Film Delivers Message of Hope"- London Free Press) but were cautious about having this film available as a public resource because it took the viewer on the emotional journey of loss, all on their own with no outlet for conversation afterwards. The film was screened in many public forums where both Julie and Nancy could speak about their experiences afterwards, it was meant to open up conversation, something that is impossible through a YouTube link.  

Nancy and Julie were nominated for the Champion of Mental Health Award in both 2013 & 2014 for speaking engagements and screenings of the film.

Moving ahead two years, we reunited over dinner to speak about the film, and how we could get it to more people. The idea was to create a website where both Julie and Nancy could blog, take questions, and also tell their story in accompaniment to the film.  

On Sept 10th, we launched, a new community resource for survivors of suicide.  

The website is home to the film, as well as interviews from both ladies and other survivors of suicide. 

Below is the film, updated this year to further show the growth of both Julie and Nancy.

My friend Carly Thomas wrote the song “I Remember You” for the film.  We have created a music video in memoriam of people lost to suicide.

The song is available for purchase here, all proceeds going towards the CMHA.

Completing a project of this emotional weight, has been an honour to work on, my sincere thanks to both Nancy and Julie for helping them advocate mental health wellness.  

Catching Up

What have I been up to? Well, A lot.  

In 2012 I decided to start production on a documentary about the EDM movement in North America, entitled “The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion”  The film has taken me all over the world in exploration of the rise of dance music culture.  I have been working on this project for over two years.   Like every film, there has been both ups and downs that accompany each project.  Not to gloss over this aspect, but this story in itself is a blog post on it’s own. 

While filming the Drop, I have had the opportunity to have my work featured by Canon in support of their Cinema EOS cameras and Glass First campaigns.  

On the home front, I have been able to lend my time to help support some local causes that I believe in and have a very personal connection with.  

I have been very proud of my work with the Stage for Change campaign.  A campaign built around raising awareness of the stigma of addiction.  I have had some incredible conversations about strength and change with people who has successfully battled their addiction.  My life has been touched directly by disease of addiction, and anything I can do to help spread awareness is important to me. 

Before starting production on The Drop.  I completed a short docudrama with two mothers who lost their adult children to suicide.  Nancy Hiron and Julie Varley are two of the strongest and charismatic women that I have had the pleasure to work with.  The short 15 minute film we created has been used to help other parents who may be coping with the loss of a child.  These two woman have served as a great example of resolve and courage.   I’m am pleased to be able to share this film publicly very soon.  

I've also had the privilege of working with some very talented artists to create quite a few music videos in the past two years.

This site relaunch is to showcase the work that I’ve had the honour to collaborate with many talented people on.    Thank you for visiting, I promise to update this more often than every two years. 

The Rose is White

Six months ago my friend Pat Dryburgh and I set out to make a film in 62 hours.  After throwing the idea around about quitting the 62 hour festival about 5 times we gave up and lost out on 15 hours of valuable time in such a time restrictive contest.

The results of having to push creatively for 37 hours resulted in one of the proudest moments of my life.  

The Rose Is White (Trailer) from Edward Platero on Vimeo.

Completing this film in such a short time frame, and have it win both the overall prize as well as prize for best visuals helped validate in my head what I love to do.  

Fast forward 6 months and I’m working a the most exciting project of my life.  Who knew that cold weekend in March could ignite such a fire.

The Joshua Tree

The sign says "Death Valley"... I'm close.  3 Hours of driving constantly looking at the GPS, and now I'm almost there.  This isn't going to be easy, I still need to find a dead tree in the middle of the desert.

I was 14 years old when U2 released "The Joshua Tree".  My dad took me to Sam the Record man in downtown Toronto to buy records.  It was one thing that we did when I had the chance to visit him. Whenever I would go to Toronto, I would think of the record that I would want to buy when I was with him. It was a silly ritual, but it was something I could count on.

Entering the store that day, I knew that the record that I wanted that weekend was "The Joshua Tree"  We bought the 12" vinyl and the cassette, so I could listen to it on the bus ride from Toronto to London.  Listening to it for the first time, I was blown away on how this had never sounded like anything I've heard before.  It wasn't over produced 80's pop, it was.... different.   I would listen to the album over and over again and pick out every nuance of each instrument, every drum hit, the crafted melodies that the Edge would play on guitar against the intense vocals.

With every listen, I felt like I needed to create something that incredible.  I decided that I wanted to play guitar.  My mother, thought that I was insane I'm sure.  I had never expressed interest in music before that.

I was very passionate about music and it consumed my life.  I had highs and lows as a musician, I had some incredible experiences playing in my band, as well as our disappointments when the band just fell apart.

I arrive at my destination, get out of the car and look for a downed tree. I have a copy of the Joshua Tree on vinyl with me that I purchased the night before.  I'm looking at the album and the mountains down seem right.  There is no cell service where I'm standing, so I can't double check the GPS co-ordinates.  I walk back to the car to find the GPS co-ordinates again, and I've overshot the tree by 7 miles.

After my daughter was born, my interest in creating music totally dried up.  I was a dad, and things were more important than creating music.

While my passion for creating music had run dry, I still felt the need to create.  This is where film and photography entered my life at the right time.

I pull over on side of the road, and take a walk towards where I think it is.  The hint to the GPS data is "look for the solo tree and the green container"  I walked around and saw something in the distance that could be it. As i was walking towards it, tiny lizards were darting in and out of the brush.

I could see the rock formations first as I walked closer to the tree.  I was here.

One would never think that sitting at a dead tree in the middle of the desert would have an effect on anybody, but it was outstanding.  I was at the spot where I would stare at the pictures of it, knowing that I had to be an artist.

Overwhelming doesn't even begin to describe how it felt.  I looked at the tree, and opened the container that held books for people to sign and gifts that people have left behind.  I saw a jar of sand from Russia, copies of the Joshua tree from around the world and a stock pile of letters of love to the band.

I sat down to take it all in.  This was a dream of mine since I was 14 years old, and now I'm here.  Life can be crazy.

I listened to the Joshua Tree in it's entirety while walking around the site.  The sun was beating down on me but I didn't care. I would deal with a sunburn.  Listening to the album was surreal and inspiring.  I'm really gonna savour this.  At that moment I so desperately wanted to speak my children, just to hear their voices and tell them I loved them.  Sadly, it was afternoon and they were still in school.  I looked at their pictures on my phone, missing them to death, I wanted to see their faces.

Being alone in the desert is surreal, it's total isolation.  I was here and all of the other noise in the world was turned down.

As each song rolled by, the experience was one of the most incredible of my life.  I was in a stasis of amazement, inspired beyond belief.

4 years ago when I first picked up a camera, i would have never thought that I would be as privileged as I have been as of late.  Life has been crazy.

I wrote a letter to my children, and placed it under a rock. My emotions poured out onto paper meant for them as they were both all that I could think about.  Hopefully one day they will have a chance to read it....

After over an hour under the blazing sun, i packed everything up and said goodbye.  I took souvenir for myself, I piece of bark from the tree, a rock from the site and some sand.  Whenever i may get discouraged or frustrated by things not going right, I will look at these items and remember how I felt when I was there.

No matter how derailed life can get, it's amazing to know that every once in a while the universe will reward you.

Jumping into the Deep End… Imprint.

For the past few years, I have been involved in the creation of some great film/video projects. I've become smitten with filmmaking in a big, bad way. I have always been a huge fan of film and the creative process behind making a movie, and I have been very proud to work on some great projects for other people. All my time working on other projects, I've been hesitant about putting my own idea forward.This past year, I've had the idea for the film Imprint rolling around in my head, but never took it farther than a quick treatment. It has always been on my ever growing To-Do list, along with other script ideas that I have. Out of all of the script ideas that I have started, Imprint has always been the one I've wanted to take into production first.

In August, I sat down and finally finished the shooting script, and then sat on it for a few days.

I've always been a huge fan of Filmmaker Kevin Smith, and for the past year, I've been listening to his podcast outlining the journey to complete in latest film, Red State. His journey to create that film has been such an inspiration to me that I wanted to chase my own goals and just get out there to start my own film.

I wrote the movie with my friend Pat Dryburgh in mind for the lead role. The role embodies Pat's personality on a few different levels, and he was the only one I wanted to play the part. Being that this was Pat's first time acting in a dramatic role, and my first time directing a scripted feature, it was going to be a challenge.

To flush out the other roles, I cast Andrew Jiggins in the "make it or break it" role where he has to deliver some pretty heavy dialogue and explain the premise of the story to our lead character. Andrew, an experienced actor was exactly who I needed to law down the rules of Imprint to the audience.

We started shooting the night before I left for a trip to Los Angeles, I had one night to shoot with Andrew before he permanently moved to LA. Hearing Pat and Andrew delivering the lines from the script, finally made this idea rolling around in my head for a year real. From there, I was hooked.

During my trip to LA, I attended two screenings of Kevin Smith's Red State, along with Q&A sessions with Kevin. Hearing him speak about his process to create Red State gave me the charge to finish Imprint when I returned home.

The first scenes shot upon return were with Pat & Stacey Zegers. Stacey and I have worked together 4 times previously, creating music videos, and she fit the role of Gabrielle, a 24 year old with her entire life before her. Imprint is also an acting first for Stacey.

We spend over an hour before shooting speaking about death, sadness, and the most depressing things that we could think of to get us into the headspace the characters needed be be in. Both Pat and Stacey brought their 'A' games on a tough night shooting, both emotionally and physically. We also had the police called on us as we were shooting a very loud scene in the park until 4am.

Having the police called on us was a trend that would follow throughout the shoot.

We shot again with Andy Berdan, Sean Quigley, Kevin Van Lierop and Chris McInnis in one long marathon night of shooting. The rush job produced mixed results with some great scenes and some that needed to be re-shot. Working on such a short time timeframe, made me sacrifice certain elements just so we could finish the scene and move to the next location.

This night had to be my favourite night of shooting, although I didn't get all of the shots that I needed, it was a learning experience. This was also the night where we were filming the car crash scene. During the day I scrambled to find anybody who could do FX makeup and make the actors look like they were involved in a horrific car wreck. No dice. In the end, we ended up doing the makeup ourselves and it looked amazing.

This was also the second night the police were called on us, This time because they thought the actors were actually involved in some fatal accident.

Moving to post production, I asked Pat Dryburgh to also serve as a producer on the film. Working with Pat has been a great collaborate experience, and allowed me to take a step back from the film in my head and see it from a different perspective. From there we worked together editing and crafting the feel of the film, and trimming all of the fat from the shooting script. I can't thank Pat enough for his dedication to this project.

Being a musician, I always knew that I wanted to score the film myself. Sometimes taking on every role you tend to deliver something very one sided, so I decided to collaborate. Scoring the film, was joint collaboration between Mike Scott of Boss Rebel, Pat and Myself.

Mike and I setup in the UnLondonUnLab to create the basic score of the film, and then Pat & I put the finishing touches on it when we got closer to picture lock. The musical soundscape of the film is something that I am very proud of. It has been many years since I've written anything musically so it felt great to dive back in and create.

We talked about releasing the soundtrack for the film, the song features two songs that I wrote the script around. While it wasn't a problem to secure the rights for these tracks. Releasing them as part of the soundtrack would be costly. The film features the song "Kettering" by The Antlers, a song that deals with the subject of death, from a caregiver's perspective. It plays an integral role in the scene it is featured in, and I couldn't imagine releasing the soundtrack without it.

Out of that, we decided to record our own version of the song for release on the soundtrack. Given the fact that Stacey, Pat & myself are all musicians, it was a simple solution.

I flushed out all of the instrumentation of the song, and recorded all of the music. Stacey recorded her vocals at the UnLab, and we went to the studio to record Pat's drums. Out of that simple project, we decided to film an accompanying music video. The night we shot the music video, while setting up Pat says "We should do this as a band" and from there, Burn Like Fabulous was created.

Approaching the final deadline and 2 nights of reshoots, there was only one thing missing from the final cut. The car that was supposed to be crashed up was in pristine condition on film, the budget didn't allow for us to buy a crashed up car.

Pat was able to locate through friends a car wrecking yard that would allow us to use a car at no charge.

Seeing the mangled car go up on the forklift and hauled out to be placed on the side of the road was a huge highlight for me in this creative process. It completed my vision for the film.  This also was the third night the police were called on us.

Imprint is set to premiere at the 2011 London Short Film Showcase, where it has been nominated for 4 awards:

Best Story Best Cinematics Technical Achievement Committees Choice

Tickets are available here.

The following night, we are holding a screening of Imprint with a performance by Burn Like Fabulous and Carly Thomas. This screening will be at Fitzrays in London, ON.

Imprint has been a true passion project for me for the past three months. I am very proud of the film. I would like to thank everybody involved in the film. Throughout the journey, I have made some incredible relationships and been struck by such a creative drive, it's been infectious.

You can visit the Website for Imprint here: Download the Soundtrack for free here: Watch the Music video for "Kettering" here: Follow Imprint on Twitter here: Like Imprint on Facebook here:

Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament 2010

June 4-6 Tracey and I traveled up to Brantford for this year's annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament. As fans of filmmaker Kevin Smith, we made the trip and had an amazing time last year. Last year I took a bunch of pictures of the event and was invited to take more this year by Ming, the View Askew web guru and Hockey event organizer.IMG_0860

This year really was a step up. I was given access to take photos from the bench and from within the rink after the game. Having that close proximity to the players allowed me to get some great shots.


Spending the weekend down in Brantford also gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of the players on the other View Askew teams.


Aside from taking pics, I also designed an iPhone app for the tournament that featured all of the View Askew teams. I will do a post on the app in the next few days.


I just wanted to drop a huge thanks to Ming Chen he really is the MVP of the View Askew organization.

All of my pics from the tournament, can be found here:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

RIP iPad, I barely knew you...

Today, was a day from Hell.... Started off OK, but slowly went downhill.This afternoon I had a video shoot that started off very well. There was a slight hiccup when we noticed that we forgot 1 half of our wireless lavalier mic across town, but somebody went and grabbed it with 2 minutes remaining before the main focus of the shoot that we were hired to do started.

After two hours of shooting, I looked at the second camera and noticed some green banding across the image.... basically meaning that the footage from the second camera was now unusable. Because of the time limitations of shooting DSLR, for corporate presentations, we run a two camera shoot and offset the start times so we can deliver a seemless video file covering the entire event.

After seeing this image, I was very distressed.

So this means that we are going to have to send a camera off to Canon to get repaired, and I'm going to have to work some major magic in Final Cut Pro to deliver this video.

10 Minutes after this, I received a phone call that clouded my head even more.

After driving back to the office, I thought that it would be best if I took the cameras back with me and apply the new firmware update and see if I could resolve this green banding issue.  When loading the camera case into the car, I put my iPad on top of my car.  THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I NEVER DO!!!

Driving home, I heard a rattling noise on my car, and looked out the rear view the and saw something black fall from my car.  It took a few seconds but then I pieced it together..... IT WAS MY IPAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I stopped the car, turned around to pick it up, got out of the car just in time to watch a pickup truck run it over.

It was truly one of those "NOOOOOOOOOOO" moments.  The thought actually crossed my mind about running out in front of the truck, but it all happened so fast.  Hoping for the best... my heart sank as I picked it up, and turned it on to a white screen with coloured lines.


I honestly think that the iPad did survive the actual fall from the car, the apple case i bought does provide some protection.

The back of the unit is very dented.

So, the perfect end to the day.

I really did enjoy having my iPad, even for 12 days.  I guess lesson learned, NEVER put anything on top of your car!

Show Review: Raised by Swans @ Call the Office.


Friday, January 15th, I had the great pleasure to attend the CD release of "no ghostless place" by Raised by Swans.  I have been a very big fan of the band since hearing "Violet Light" on the CBC Radio3 Podcast 4 years ago.  Their first CD "Codes & Secret Longing" has been a favourite of mine since the day it was purchased, and sits in my list of top albums of all time.

I have been eagerly awaiting to hear some new material, and after 4 years, the band has release their new CD. I ordered mine via online pre-order hoping to receive my copy the day before the show.  I can review this album with one word: AMAZING.  The new CD is on par if not better than Codes & Secret longing.  I cannot recommend enough to anybody reading this post, leave my site right now, and click on this link to buy this album right now!

I almost didn't make the show as our babysitter fell through at the last minute, but my wife, Tracey decided to stay home with the kids so I wouldn't miss the show.


Moving on now to my review of the show.  If it has not been made clear, I am a fan.  The band played a solid 14 song set, that featured heavily the new material of "No Ghostless Place".   The new material played very well live, some songs like "Hail of Arrows" and "Secret Garden /S.C" sounding more rounded out and driven than the recorded versions.

Sound at Call the Office has always been a problem in my opinion, and there were times where the vocals did get lost in the wall of distorted mud that is Call the Office's sound system.   According to interviews with the band, they are about to embark on a coast to coast tour of Canada, so it was nice to have them playing in front of a hometown audience before embarking cross country.


I managed to take quite a few pictures of the performance, you can view the entire set on my flickr page here.

Setlist from the show: (Show Highlights bolded)

We Were Never Young Hail of Arrows Relentless Easier Capable of Cruelty Old Fires Longer Shadows, Shorter Days Sandcastles The Waitings Over Still Inside You There's Hope Yet How do These Hearts Unfold Violet Light

Band Website:

London Photowalk #6 / LOLA Festival


This past Saturday, Brodie and I attended the sixth London Photowalk.  The photowalk took place during the LOLA festival this year, and after a brief walk downtown we headed over to the park to check it out.  Brodie and I caught the set by Final Fantasy, making this our first concert together.  Across from the stage was the art piece Sidereal Time, where we took some pictures and video.


For a look at all of the photos that we took during the photowalk, visit our flickr set.

An Evening with Kevin Smith.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to see Kevin Smith at Roy Thompson Hall.

If there was a running theme for last nights’ performance, it would easily be Wayne Gretzky (and his dad Walter) whom Smith seems to have a new found love for. And an apparent fixation on smoking weed – something he’s been doing with enthusiasm since wrapping Zack And Miri, by his own admission. Smith has been watching dvds and YouTube footage of the great one’s past glories for the past few months, and illustrated last night that Gretzky’s dad could be the greatest father figure alive. Smith even discused that Gretzky was not unlike Christ with his ability to try and do the right thing whenever he could (at least, this seems to be what the dvds Smith is watching would have him believe). Phrases like ‘It’s the Gretzky way’ and WWWD (What Would Wayne do?) popped up throughout the night, providing an easy go-to subject to help steer the evening through it’s three hour running time.

I’m sure seeing Smith live isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun night out. I know people who outright hate his movies, and his happy-go-lucky attitude in life. I’m quite the opposite. I find Smith’s honesty through his characters and dialog is always refreshing. He’s one of the few authors who has brought me to tears by laughing so hard at some of his writings. I’d liken Smith as a hero to most of his fans, as he’s somebody who’s carved out a fine career for himself by simply pursuing his dreams. In just over 15 years, he’s gone from a low-budget filmmaker to a respected film director & actor.

An Evening with Kevin Smith - Feb 7 @ Roy Thompson Hall